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The Mikado - Tabard Theatre

The Mikado

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PULLING Focus Ltd for the Tabard Theatre is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado – from Wednesday, February 20 to Sunday, March 17, 2013.

The most famous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta may be set in Japan but it focuses entirely at English subjects and institutions.

In this new production, director Matthew Johnson transports The Mikado from the oriental town of Titipu to the gentrified eccentric English world of a golf club, complete with its honoured rules, rituals and regulations..

Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado, has fled to escape an undesirable marriage to the ageing Katisha. Disguised, he returns intending to find and marry his first love, Yum-Yum. But little does he know that she is now betrothed to Ko-Ko – the High Executioner!

The cast includes Emily Davies (as Yum-Yum), Suzanna Kempner (Katisha), Eleanor Knight (Peep-Bo), Ed Norwood (Ko-Ko), Stiofan O’ Doherty (The Mikado), Andrew Pugsley (Pooh-Ba), Michael Riseley (Nanki-Poo) and Michelle Witney (Pitti-Sing). Music will played by a live band.

Pulling Focus Ltd’s other work at the Tabard includes Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance, which was nominated for Best Musical production at the Off-West End awards.

The Mikado is produced in-house at the Tabard Theatre whose previous musical credits also include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

The Mikado is designed by Chris Hone and has musical direction by Jerome van den Berghe.

Tickets: £19, £17 concessions, £15 children – available from the box office on 0208 995 6035 or online at www.tabardtheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 2:30pm.

Good Morning, Alamo! continues at the Tabard Theatre until February 9, 2013.